NTCHAM OKAY FOR AEK

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OLIVIER NTCHAM is fit to face AEK Athens in the Champions League third round first leg qualifier at Parkhead tonight.

The French midfielder limped off with an ankle injury at the end of the 3-1 Premiership opener against Livingston on Saturday.

Boss Brendan Rodgers said: “He took a knock on his Achilles, but he has trained well and he’s good.”

Turning his attention to the Greeks, the Irishman said: “They are a good side, I have to say, having watched them closely since the weekend, watching their games.

“They are the champion of their country, so that means they have that winning mentality. It’s another step for us, definitely, in terms of opponent.

“They play 4-4-2, but very compact, very tight. When they win the ball they break forward very, very quickly they have good pace at the front of the field and at the sides.

“So it will be a really good examination for us over two legs.

“I think if we can come out of this game here with a victory and a clean sheet which would be a really good result.

“But we will have to work really, really hard to show our qualities. However, we also have an inherent belief in our work, as well,

“I think these games are where you need real concentration, but the players have shown over a number of games that they are also a good side and we obviously want to take advantage of the first leg being at home.

“We were behind against Rosenborg, but our levels were still good. They will still be a threat, they will still be a danger.

“We have to be prepared for that and have that real intent and aggression in our game.”

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